Ten thoughts on: Jenni Murray: “Be trans, be proud — but don’t call yourself a ‘real woman'”

4. Positioning this viewpoint as representing the center is irresponsible

Distancing herself from Germaine Greer’s offensive language on Trans people is a clever move. Some might admire her for taking a stand.

“Why demean yourself and the feminist politics to which you’ve devoted your life by saying, cruelly and distastefully, “Just because you lop off your penis … it doesn’t make you a woman,” (Greer)”

However what she’s doing in chastising the crudeness of the remarks without distancing herself from the sentiment of what Greer is saying, is positioning herself as more balanced than the extremist, when in reality she holds almost exactly the same view point: That being a woman is connected to being born with a vagina and that late transitioners enjoyed the privilege of living as men for too long to be women. This extremely cunning propaganda very subtly claims both the right and center for the right’s views. It’s a logic trap; Don’t accept the premise.

Onto number 5…

  • skyler

    Thank you! Some people tend to think that male chauvinists treat people based on their chromosomes rather than on behaviour! I think everyone should be free to live the way they feel comfortable! We can’t brand people as mentally-ill for being homosexual, likewise we can’t pinpoint transgenders for their difference! Everyone’s different, if we follow the trans-exclusionary logic, we should create a wide spectrum of categories to tag people. Not everyone’s got the same experience of life, but we must keep in mind that persecution is not acceptable anyway, people don’t need you to be a woman or black person to harass you!

    • Amy Collins

      Thanks for reading and your comment. Your point about excluding different groups of women was precisely what I was alluding to on the last page. Middle class, educated, straight white cisgender women shouldn’t get to dictate which classes of women they want in their club.